View from Window, 2016
murrine, kiln formed glass, 655 x 965 x 40
Photo: The artist
Established Artist Category Finalist
Brenden Scott French is a South Australian artist who works in both blown and kiln formed glass. He has trained extensively in glass practice, completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 1997, the Associate training program at JamFactory in 1999 and a Bachelor of Art with Honours at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University in 2003. During the past ten years he has exhibited extensively both in Australia and overseas at venues such as Saatchi Gallery, London, William Traver Gallery, Seattle and Sabbia Gallery, Sydney. He was the recipient of the Stephen Procter Fellowship in 2007. French has also undertaken residencies at Canberra Glassworks, Australian National University Glass Workshop, the University of South Australia and Northlands Creative Glass Centre, Lybster, Scotland. His work is held in numerous private and public collections.
“I have been creating works in glass that depict the evolution of a familiar landscape over a geologic timeline. These works are portrayals of kiln forming and hot glass processes but also motifs for the industry of human intervention upon the land. The surface of the land and the happenings that occur upon it tell our story most accurately. This new work, View from Window is a landscape view that disrupts perception and frames what may lay within the strata of reality. It is unashamedly committed to the surface, with the capacity to reshape image and identity. But it is also equally committed to exploring what lies beneath that shape-shifting façade, the peril and uncertainty that makes reinvention seem so crucial to survival.”